Ian Lavery

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Ashington, England

Employment.png Chair of the Labour Party

In office
14 June 2017 - 4 April 2020
Preceded byGlenis Willmott
Succeeded byAngela Rayner

Employment.png Shadow Minister without Portfolio

In office
9 February 2017 - 4 April 2020

Employment.png Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office

In office
7 October 2016 - 9 February 2017

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Wansbeck

In office
6 May 2010 - Present

Ian Lavery (born 6 January 1963) is a British Labour Party politician and former trade union leader from Northumberland who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wansbeck since the May 2010 General Election. Born and raised in Ashington, Lavery began work in the construction industry after leaving school before becoming a mining apprentice.[1]


Noted for being the sole apprentice to refuse to work during the UK miners' strike (1984-1985), Ian Lavery gradually rose up the ranks of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and was chosen to succeed Arthur Scargill as NUM President in 2002.[2][3]

Labour MP

Once elected to parliament in 2010, Ian Lavery quickly established himself as a leading voice on the left-wing of the Labour Party,[4] and has been a frequent critic of the policies espoused by members of the party's Blairite faction.[5] He served for a time as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Deputy Leader Harriet Harman before resigning in protest of the party's position to raise the pension age.[6] Lavery supported the candidacy of Jeremy Corbyn in both the 2015 and 2016 leadership elections, and was appointed by Corbyn to replace Tom Watson as Labour Party Chair in June 2017.

Supporting Jennie Formby

On 27 February 2018, Ian Lavery tweeted:

I’ve known @JennieUnite for years she’s a fantastic representative of our class, a great advocate, and dedicated Trade unionist, she’d be a brilliant Gen Sec of our party.[7]


A Document by Ian Lavery

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:There is no future for Labour in bureaucratic centrismArticle11 November 2020Labour Party
Social Democratic Party
US/Democratic Party
Jeremy Corbyn
Bernie Sanders
Keir Starmer
Joe Biden
"Climate change"
Whilst many in the media and party establishments are keen to turn back the clock to the bureaucratic centrism, progressives energised on both sides of the Atlantic, whether by Corbyn or Sanders, will define our future politics.
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